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Old 09-30-2013, 05:24 PM
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Hi Guys, I'm a long time reader of these forums. I now have the Bimmer bug and have an opportunity to trade in my 2006 Lexus IS350 for a 2011 328i with only 22,000 miles. The car still has 2 years of BMW warranty and is in really good condition and the price is right.

I almost pulled the trigger yesterday but I decided not to and keep the Lexus. I've thought about it overnight and now have second thoughts.

What do you guys think? The Lexus is a nice car but the Bimmer is just as nice, right? I guess I need convincing.

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Old 09-30-2013, 06:31 PM
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:39 PM
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Hi Guys, I'm a long time reader of these forums. I now have the Bimmer bug and have an opportunity to trade in my 2006 Lexus IS350 for a 2011 328i with only 22,000 miles. The car still has 2 years of BMW warranty and is in really good condition and the price is right.

I almost pulled the trigger yesterday but I decided not to and keep the Lexus. I've thought about it overnight and now have second thoughts.

What do you guys think? The Lexus is a nice car but the Bimmer is just as nice, right? I guess I need convincing.

Thanks.

328i fun. Lexus NOT fun,

Major advantage: As fun as it handles, 328i can do grossly better w/M & Aftermarket parts, still comfortable in a guy kinda way.

Lexus? Not so much.

How do you feel?
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Old 09-30-2013, 10:37 PM
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Thanks CALWATERBOY. I guess I feel that my Lexus is in really good condition and hate to see it go. But, the 328i is in great condition as well. It's 5 years newer than my car and has a warranty. I guess I feel that I would have seller's remorse, if there is such a thing.
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I've driven lots of different cars from newer to older. My wife and I turn cars by purchasing them at a reasonable price, making repairs and selling them. Over a month ago we came across a 2002 530I for the perfect price! I put a new torque converter in it and drove it. I could never use anything other than a BMW as my daily driver again! Needless to say we LOVE it and are keeping it! Our next car will be a BMW!
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Old 10-01-2013, 04:22 AM
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I own a 2004 Lexus IS300 5spd manual. It is a fun car to drive with a quick steering. I would have bought another IS, but they do not make it manual anymore. If you like the IS and you want a manual transmission the 328i is a very good choice. I've owned my 2013 328 for about 6 weeks. I would say both cars are very similar in character. You'll love the 328.
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Hi Guys, I'm a long time reader of these forums. I now have the Bimmer bug and have an opportunity to trade in my 2006 Lexus IS350 for a 2011 328i with only 22,000 miles. The car still has 2 years of BMW warranty and is in really good condition and the price is right.

I almost pulled the trigger yesterday but I decided not to and keep the Lexus. I've thought about it overnight and now have second thoughts.

What do you guys think? The Lexus is a nice car but the Bimmer is just as nice, right? I guess I need convincing.

Thanks.

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BMW-1, Lexus-0. Thanks. I drove it this weekend. 6-speed manual. Very driver oriented. You have to work for it, which is fine with me. I want a manual tranny. Keep 'em coming.
Got mine a few months ago with the same year and mileage; plus I got the 6 speed MT and loving it!
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:33 AM
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It's basically a case of a comfort-oriented luxury car that's a good drive compared with a performance luxury car that has a higher "fun to drive" factor.

The numbers in terms of cost and maintenance favor keeping the Lexus and driving it for another 5+ years.

The fun factor (and most likely reducing the miles on your car significantly) favor the BMW.

Pick one.
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Once you drive a BMW, you will never look at another the car the same. It's something about the car that makes it almost unbearable to get out of the driver seat. But hey, do what you want!
I feel the complete opposite. After owing my BMW I want to switch back to Lexus or Infiniti. Both the is350 and G37 looks and feels sportier than my current 335i. Not to mention the interior of both is so much nicer while the bmw interior is blah
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Axle,

I recently purchased a 2011 328i Coupe... White on Red, CPO 18.5k mi. I tried out a range of competition cars; Audi A4, Lexus IS 350, Infinity, Merc 350, etc. and practically ran to a BMW dealer.

Each vehicle had it's pros and cons, each have a purpose... but I've owned a great range of cars, able to bring any number of pleasurable driving experiences, and given my history... the BMW was an easy choice to make, it's a great drivers car with daily practicality and enough room for the family when needed.

At the end of the day it's your car, your money, your choice. Check the reviews, weigh the pros and cons, you won't have any remorse either way as long as you research and make an informed decision.

Best of luck to you with your quest!

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Old 10-01-2013, 07:33 PM
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Pulling trigger on 328i help

Thank you all for the input. Trigger pulled. I'm going with the BMW! Yup. I took about a day and a half to think about it and basically decided that I will be ending up with a good car either way. Trading in the Lexus is okay and I think I will get over the remorse pretty quickly.

Totally excited now. Just have to get it transported which is going to take a few days.

You guys helped me pull that trigger.

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Old 10-01-2013, 08:04 PM
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:07 PM
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I feel the complete opposite. After owing my BMW I want to switch back to Lexus or Infiniti. Both the is350 and G37 looks and feels sportier than my current 335i. Not to mention the interior of both is so much nicer while the bmw interior is blah
I see from time to time how you say you hate your BMW. I'm sorry about that, it's too bad. That said, I couldn't disagree with you any more. I was bored out of my mind test driving G37S with stick shift after test driving BMWs. I've never seen an IS or G of any kind that has as nice of an interior as my 3er. And the E92 body is WAY sexier than the competition mentioned too, IMO. The Gs do have a nice throaty growl. Shifting and steering is still boring compared to my BMW, jmo.
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:10 PM
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Thank you all for the input. Trigger pulled. I'm going with the BMW! Yup. I took about a day and a half to think about it and basically decided that I will be ending up with a good car either way. Trading in the Lexus is okay and I think I will get over the remorse pretty quickly.

Totally excited now. Just have to get it transported which is going to take a few days.

You guys helped me pull that trigger.

Thanks.


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I feel the complete opposite. After owing my BMW I want to switch back to Lexus or Infiniti. Both the is350 and G37 looks and feels sportier than my current 335i. Not to mention the interior of both is so much nicer while the bmw interior is blah

You have a taste for Japanese design - many do. So, why not switch?

You should be aware that your 335i's handling can be upgraded to a mind blowing level of grip....still comfy.
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:23 AM
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I feel the complete opposite. After owing my BMW I want to switch back to Lexus or Infiniti. Both the is350 and G37 looks and feels sportier than my current 335i. Not to mention the interior of both is so much nicer while the bmw interior is blah
Well, then you're someone who likes comfort-oriented luxury cars, NOT performance-oriented luxury cars.

You bought the wrong car.
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Hi Guys, I'm a long time reader of these forums. I now have the Bimmer bug and have an opportunity to trade in my 2006 Lexus IS350 for a 2011 328i with only 22,000 miles. The car still has 2 years of BMW warranty and is in really good condition and the price is right.

I almost pulled the trigger yesterday but I decided not to and keep the Lexus. I've thought about it overnight and now have second thoughts.

What do you guys think? The Lexus is a nice car but the Bimmer is just as nice, right? I guess I need convincing.

Thanks.
I'm assuming you have driven a decent size BMW?

No brainer.

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Old 10-21-2013, 10:42 AM
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Well guys, I did it! I got the 2011 328i. Only 21,900 miles. Black on black and MT. So far, I'm really digging it. I need to get an owner's manual on it though. I tried the BMW website but only found downloads. Thanks for the advice and I'll see you around the forums.


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